The Oath: In Whose Name?

The quotes below are taken from The Third Commandment Oath and Society by R.J. Rushdoony.

My comments are in bold, including the headings (as immediately below).

In Whose Name?

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A false oath is an assault on the life of an entire society and an offense against God. But today, in more and more of the United States, virtually all of the United States by now, when you go to court or you take an oath of office, it is without any reference to the name of God. This is true in California. You simply say, “I solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” No reference to God.

Now what does this mean? A man swears, then, by himself. And what is the reigning philosophy of the schools and of the courts? Progressivism, or Deweyism? Or the teaching of Holmes in the courts which is Deweyism, which is pragmatism. Truth is what works. So, when you testify, you tell that which works for you. Is it any wonder our courts are in the bind that they are? That they are breaking down? That the liar has an advantage? That there is no prosecution any longer for perjury? After all, how can a man perjure himself in terms of a pragmatic philosophy? The oath, when it is removed from the courts, removes God from society, and it removes truth, because the oath in God’s name establishes God legally as the ground of society and God’s definition of truth as the definition for that society. The removal of God from the oath from the light and dishonest use of the oath is a declaration of independence from God and a declaration of warfare against God. A declaration in the name of the new gods, apostate man, and his totalitarian state.

Thus we see why scripture so profoundly emphasizes the importance of the oath.

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Corrupt oaths in the name of powerless idols renders justice into a mockery.

In this apostate era, Christians merely want to run away, or be left alone, or be taken up in a responsibility-fleeing Rapture.

But that is not the command of God.

THIS is the command of God:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

— Matthew 28:18-20, English Standard Version

Not to escape the world, but to disciple and lead and teach it, by word and deed.

There is no escape from the Dominion Mandate.Ether God rules as the final word in public justice, or His enemies will.

The Secularists and the Moslems will make certain of it.

The work of Christ MUST be done: and the longer the work is neglected by worthless servants (due to laziness or cowardice or faithlessness), the heavier the chains, and the more cutting the whips, we His rebellious servants will suffer.

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